With millions of kids across the world making music in and from their bedrooms every day to escape the boredom that comes with quarantine, it has become more and more impossible to break out of the crowd and grow to be one of the stars. But then there is Boy Pablo, aka singer-songwriter Nicolas Pablo Muñoz, who has managed to shine brighter than anyone else with his epitome of sunny, feel-good indie-bops, despite his upbringing in one of Europe’s rainiest cities.
“I’m the youngest of four in my family and my brothers and parents have always shown me a lot of different music, so it was very hard to avoid falling in love with music,”, remembers Muñoz with a smile. Born in Norway, Bergen, to Chilean parents who emigrated to escape the right-wing military dictatorship under Augusto Pinochet in the late 80s, the artist‘s first introduction to music was characterised not just by funky New Wave Latin music, but also by rock legends like Green Day, Blink 182 and The Beatles. A good mix of genres that made the decision of dedicating his life to the fantastical world of music very easy for the now 20-year-old singer: “My mum always told me to go to university, but I didn’t want to study, just to study something. And she asked me what I wanted to do after high school just about every week, so I told her I was going to be a rockstar, to which she got angry and stopped asking me.”
But Muñoz kept his word. While his friends and classmates were going out to party and celebrate their youth together, the Norwegian singer would spend his time in his room, writing and making music and getting closer to his dream one step at a time. And it paid off, as just a few months later, he began his music career in late 2015, after the release of just two singles called ‘Flowers’ and ‘Beach House’ through the label 777 MUSIC, which he now owns and runs with his family members and friends.
“IN MY FAMILY IT WAS VERY HARD TO AVOID FALLING IN LOVE WITH MUSIC.”
Fast forward five years, Muñoz has become one of the biggest names in the lovely sphere of dream-pop, after a YouTube algorithm had placed his hit song ‘Everytime’ on autoplay after clips from similar bedroom pop wonderkids in 2017, breaking the music video for the chilled love anthem and introducing Boy Pablo to the big, big world. But while many others would have probably freaked out about this – not mentioning the view count of said video is now at a humble 30 million -, it left Nicolas as cool as ice: “When the video blew up, it didn’t bother me too much. I think it’s because I’m doing something I am confident with and because I’m comfortable with everything I make and who I am as a person. I don’t seek the attention, I just want people to enjoy my music.”
Boy Pablo’s debut album ‘Wachito Rico’ is out everywhere on the 23rd of October via 777 MUSIC.
To read the full interview buy the October issue of LDN’s online magazine.
Text by Laura Weingrill // photos by Michael VC Angeles